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January 2019

Media Release today 15 Jan 2019- New year life checks.

15 January 2019
NEW YEAR, NEW LIFE CHECKS TO PREPARE FOR LONGER, BETTER LIVES

To take a Life Check, visit http://lifechecks.gov.au
Millions of Australians are being asked to take a free online Life Check on a new
website launched today, as the Liberal National Government continues rolling out its
More Choices For A Longer Life measures, supporting Australians to live longer,
better lives.

“Taking a Life Check means having more choices for a longer life,” said Minister for
Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM.
“Life Checks have been carefully designed to help your health, wealth, work and
social well being.

“This is one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make in 2019 and it’s
something to tell you friends about, because spending a few minutes taking a Life
Check could make a lifetime of difference.”

Ten million Australians aged 45 and over can now access free advice to plan and
take positive steps towards better health and greater security.

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“We should be aiming to live well to 100 or more,” said Minister Wyatt. “We’re already
living 25 years longer than we did a century ago and we owe it to ourselves, our
families and the nation to live the best we can.

“Average Australian life expectancy is now 82.5 years and it is projected by 2050
there will be more than 40,000 centenarians.”
The online Life Checks cover four areas that research has shown are keys to our
well being: Health, work, finance and social life.

Two Life Checks are available, for people aged 45 to 64 and for those aged 65 and
older, with the results and recommendations available via email in an easy-to-read
format.

“An important aspect of Life checks is assessing people’s financial preparedness for
the future,” said Minister Wyatt.

“Four in 10 Australians over the age of 55 do not have a financial plan for the next
five years, with even fewer people having a plan that extends beyond that.
“Options for employment are also included, whether the focus is to keep earning or to
stay involved in the community.

“With so many types of work available and flexible working arrangements, retirement
is no longer the only choice.”

The health area of the quiz focuses on risk factors for preventable disease, with
research showing that nearly nine out of 10 people over 65 are living with at least
one of eight chronic diseases.

Social and community connections are also essential for healthy ageing, with
engagement through some form of work, volunteering or community activities giving
people a strong sense of purpose.

“Just taking the quiz is a positive step, offering encouragement and accessible
resources to improve things you may want to change to realise your dreams and help
future proof your life,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Life Checks aim to provide Australians with a clear picture of how they are currently
tracking and how they can prepare for the next stages in their lives.
“They are totally private and no personal information is stored at any time during the
Life Checks process.”

The Liberal National Government is investing $6.5 million in the Life Checks
program, as part of its comprehensive commitment to the More Choices for a Longer
Life ageing and aged care package announced in the 2018–19 Budget.
Thanks to our Government’s commitment to a stronger economy, the Budget
includes a record investment in Australia’s future, with an additional $5 billion for
aged care over four years.
To take a Life Check, visit http://lifechecks.gov.au